Product Reviews


My children and I love to play games and look forward to our Family Game Night every week. Since I home educate my children, I am especially appreciative to discover educational yet fun games that the entire family can enjoy playing together.

BANANAGRAMS® has an entire family of award winning games that are sure to entertain children and adults of all ages. In fact, my children are enjoying playing these games so much that it is a daily request. All of these BANANAGRAMS® games including BANANAGRAMS®, PairsinPears®, Appletters®, Zip-It® and Fruitominoes® are lots of fun, challenging and very affordably priced. I also like that the games are portable and self contained so we plan to bring several with us to our mountain cabin on summer vacation.

BANANAGRAMS® ($14.95) is the 2009 Toy Fair “Game of the Year” and it is perfect for ages 7-100. I absolutely love this anagram game because you don’t need to have pencil, paper or even a board. All of the pieces are kept in a small portable banana shaped pouch so it is a wonderful game for on the go. You can even get your BANANAGRAMS® game as a free Facebook app or for the iPad™, iPhone™ and iTouch™! My oldest son and I play this game together and have a great time…..he often asks me to play as his “reward” for a job well done at school and I am happy to oblige him with a friendly competition.

My youngest children (ages 4 and 5) love to play Appletters® ($16.95) which was designed for younger players. It is a great way to help them learn their letters and introduce them to building simple words. There are three levels of play based on age/skill making this game appropriate for children of all ages and adults too. For adults who like a challenge and palindromes then you won’t want to miss playing Appletters® Appleturnover™ and/or Applescore™.

Fruitominoes® ($12.95) is the most creative, fun dominoes game that I have ever played with my children. The tiles are bright and colorful and all three of my children enjoy playing this game together. It is a blast to watch my four year old son win his first game playing against his older siblings….his confidence was soaring.

Zip-It® ($14.95) is a must-have game for fans of crossword puzzles. In fact, this was the perfect gift for my sister who is an avid puzzler. It is a quick, addictive game that travels really well and would be a fun way to pass the time while traveling.

For our home school use, PairsinPears® ($16.95) is a valuable tool to help me teach my children word construction while developing memory and cognitive skills. I am able to use this game in so many ways to reinforce vocabulary skills, vowel recognition and rhyming skills. My children love playing this game and it is so entertaining that they don’t even realize that they are learning in the process.

I am very impressed with the entire line of BANANAGRAMS® games. The quality is excellent and the games are fun and challenging for word game fans of all ages. I also think that in addition to children and adults these games would be excellent games for those with memory challenges. You are invited to visit BANANAGRAMS® to learn more about this exciting line of games and to get purchasing information.

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.


Maureen is a SAHM who left the Corporate healthcare field to home educate her 6, 7 and 8 year old children. She is a voracious reader for both herself & her kids and also enjoys a natural and organic lifestyle. She lives in Orlando, Fl with her husband Mark, three children and 5 year old boxer, Jack.

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